The Sound of Magic

  • 04 Jun - 10 Jun, 2022
  • Mag The Weekly

Teen K-drama meets neo-gothic romance in The Sound of Magic, a new musical series on Netflix. The series opened with three schoolgirls in near-blackness talking about the weird abandoned theme park on the edge of town. “Rumour has it that a very good-looking magician lives there,” one says. The conversation continues, this attractive magician apparently saw people in half and puts them back together, and makes people disappear, possibly forever. Yoon Ah-yi (Choi Sung-eun) is late for the first day of school. She crashes into Na Il-deung (Hwang In-youp) and falls down and rips her tights and skins her knee. She’s scolded by her homeroom teacher for being tardy; ends up sitting next to star student Il-deung, and is ridiculed by Baek Ha-na (Ji Hye-won), the resident mean girl. Ah-yi tries to sneak some food home from the cafeteria but Ha-na knocks it on the floor. We hear Ah-yi’s inner monologue via messages to her mother. After school, she gets a job at a store and earns some money to buy dinner but a curiously snatchy breeze blasts the cash out of her hands. She chases it to the abandoned theme park where magician, Lee Eul (Ji Chang-wook), is using magic to play keep-away with the money. She goes home empty-handed to a little apartment where she and her younger sister live alone and a landlady who’s on their case to pay back rent. The opening of The Sound of Magic is goofy and enjoyable, visually inspired, and driven by its core mystery.